Lynn woman allegedly stole credit, debit cards from teachers at elementary school

Lynn police released this picture of the items they believe were stolen.
Lynn police released this picture of the items they believe were stolen.

A Lynn woman is facing charges for stealing credit and debit cards from elementary school teachers, the Lynn Police Department said.

Last week, two Cobbett Elementary School teachers reported credit and debit cards had been removed from pocketbooks kept in their classrooms, police said. After an investigation by Lynn police detectives, Lelani Ray, 40, was arrested for the thefts.

Police believe Ray was targeting teachers in similar thefts inside schools in several different cities and towns. Upon searching Ray’s Chase Street home, detectives uncovered dozens of pocketbooks, wallets, and other stolen items belonging to victims in similar larcenies. Police said Ray has been charged several times in the past for similar crimes.

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She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment and was placed under $10,000 bail. Ray will next appear at Lynn District Court on April 11 for a pretrial hearing.

Ray is charged with two counts of larceny from a building, forgery, and credit card fraud.

Police encouraged anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this type of crime and recognizes their belongings to contact Detective Paul Galatis at 781-477-4329. The items are shown on the Lynn police Facebook page.

Police encouraged anyone with information to contact the Lynn police at 781-595-2000 or to text “tiplynn” and the tip information to tip411 or 847411. Anonymous tips can also be submitted on the Police Department’s website at www.lynnpolice.org .